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Verification Fraud Cases

Definition of fraud

The VA Office of Inspector General is committed to protecting the rights of the Service Disabled Veteran Entrepreneur community by vigorously investigating and seeking prosecution of those who deprive these Veterans who have earned the right to set-aside government contracts.  Report fraud to VA OIG’s Hotline.  United States Attorney’s Office prosecutions include:

Eastern District of Tennessee

Federal Jury Convicts North Carolina Couple Of Fraud

  • Following a 13-day trial in U.S. District Court, a jury convicted Ricky Anthony Lanier, 48, and his wife Katrina Reshina Lanier, 43, both of LaGrange, N.C., of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud, and major fraud against the United States.
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Central District of California

Veterans of the Land, Inc. (VOTL)

  • A Santa Maria company has paid $1 million to resolve allegations that if falsely claimed it was a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) in order to obtain landscaping and cemetary resotration contracts with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs that were set aside for SDVOSBs. Read more »

District of Northern Georgia

Singleton/GMT Case/Northern District of Georgia (Original GAO Report)

  • Luthersville Man Indicted for Entering Into Set-Aside Contracts for Service-Disabled Veterans Under False Pretenses, November 10, 2011 - Read more »

District of Idaho

Patrick Large in Quality Tile Roofing Inc. company case (Original GAO Report)

  • Treasure Valley Building Contractor Sentenced for Wire Fraud, January 9, 2013 - Read more »
  • Treasure Valley Building Contractor Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud, September 19, 2012 - Read more »
  • Boise Roofing Contractor Charged with Fraud, August 1, 2012 - Read more »

District of Northern Illinois

Blanchard’s Illinois case

  • Owner and Four Employees of Crystal Lake Businesses Charged with Defrauding United States, U.S. Military Veterans, and Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Businesses, August 21, 2012 - Read more »

District of Kansas

Silver Star Case/Kansas

  • Construction Company Owner Sentenced For Defrauding Service Disabled Set Aside Program, November 5, 2012 - Read more »
  • Related News:  Mo. contract pleads guilty to defrauding program, April 9, 2012 - Read more »
  • Indictment:  Construction Company Owner No War Hero, Never Eligible for Service-Disabled Veteran Set Asides, June 16, 2011 - Read more »

District of Massachusetts

David Gorski/Legion Construction

  • Chelmsford Businessman Charged with Defrauding Federal Disabled-Veterans Program, October 23, 2012 - Read more »

B&J (Original GAO Report)

  • Sterling Business Owner Pleads Guilty to Charges of Falsely Claiming Minority and Service-Disabled Veteran Status for His Business, August 7, 2012 - Read more »
  • Related News:  Sterling man eyed in SBA conspiracy case, June 23, 2012 - Read more »
  • Sterling Business Owner Charged with Fraudulent Claims, June 22, 2012 - Read more »

District of Eastern Missouri

Madlinger et al/Eastern District of Missouri

  • Chesterfield man sentenced on corruption charges, June
    26, 2012 - Read more »
  • Fenton, Missouri, man pleads guilty to fraud charges, February
    23, 2012 - Read more »

District of Western Missouri

Big Springs Construction Company

  • Related News:  Former KC business owner admits defrauding VA, DOD; September 3, 2014 - Read more »

District of New Mexico

Tafoya et al/New Mexico

  • Owner of Albuquerque Construction Company Charged with Defrauding United States, February
    9, 2012 - Read more »

District of Southern New York

MITSUBISHI/Southern District of NY

  • Brooklyn Businessman Sentenced In Manhattan Federal Court To 41 Months In Prison For Falsely Claiming To Be A Disabled Veteran To Receive Government Contracts, September
    19, 2012 - Read more »
  • Brooklyn Businessman who Falsely Claimed to be a Disabled Veteran Found Guilty of Fraud in Manhattan Federal Court, April
    21, 2011 - Read more »

District of Western New York

Testa – Rochester, NY

  • Two Brothers Charged with Defrauding the Department of Veterans Affairs, March
    15, 2013 - Read more »

District of Oregon

Witty – Gray Bear

  • Former Gray Bear Construction Company Owner Sentenced for Lying to Obtain Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business Program (SDVOSB) Contracts, January 31, 2013 - Read more »

United States House of Representatives Hearing on “Odyssey of the Center for Verification and Evaluation”

  • Related News:  Lawmakers say VA contracting rule squeezing out vet-owned firms from, August
    3, 2012 - Read more »
  • Statement of James J. O’Neill, Assistant Inspector General for Investigations, Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, before the Subcommittee on Oversight and investigations and the Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, August
    2, 2012 - Read more »

Southern District of Iowa - Hingorani/Midwest Paving, Inc. (MPI)

  • Omaha contractor and companies plead guilty to Major Program Fraud in the United States district Court for the Southern District of Iowa, August 22, 2014 - Read more »


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